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Review questions

  1. If you’re shooting a formal sit-down interview and the camera is positioned over the left shoulder of the interviewer, where should you place the camera for reverse cutaways?
  2. Why should you stripe your tapes?
  3. When you open the Capture panel, you don’t see an image in the video monitor and you can’t control your DV camcorder. What could be going on?
  4. During the capture process, how do you add extra frames to ensure you have enough footage to do transitions?
  5. You want to capture a clip for its video plus a portion of that clip for a snippet of natural sound. How do you do that?

Review answers

  1. Your closing shot is what viewers take away from your video. You want to do what you can to make it memorable.
  2. Place the camera behind the interview subject and shoot over his right shoulder.
  3. Striping your tapes ensures a distinct and uninterrupted timecode.
  4. This could be one of several things: Your camcorder is not turned on (or if you’re using a battery, it might be in sleep mode); you have it in Camera mode instead of VCR/VTR; or you haven’t inserted your tape.
  5. Put a number of frames in the Handles option in the Capture section of the Capture panel.
  6. Simply log that entire clip and then go back and log the audio portion.
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